UK weather: London to enjoy warm, dry August after flood-hit capital sees most rain in UK

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People enjoy the hot weather in St James's Park, London (PA)
People enjoy the hot weather in St James's Park, London (PA)

Londoners are likely to enjoy plenty of warm, dry days in August after flash floods left parts of the capital underwater over the weekend.

The Met Office has predicted unsettled conditions are “likely to be dominant” in the early parts of August but this is expected to change in the middle of the month when the city is likely to become more dry.

Meteorologist Stephen Dixon told the Standard there are signals for some high pressure in mid August and they will “become more dominant from the middle of August bringing with it some more settled dry and warm conditions”.

Although he warned there could be some risk of thunderstorms, he said the “general signal” is that from from mid August there could be “some more warmer weather on the way”.

Mr Dixon said the average temperature for August in England is 21C.

This week Britons will face “changeable and often breezy, with a mixture of sunshine and showers, some heavy and thundery”, the Met Office said.

It added: “Perhaps more generally wet for a time later Thursday into Friday. Feeling less warm.”

London is expected to fetch up to 21C with a minimum temperature of 14C.

It comes as east London faced dangerous flooding over the weekend.

Boroughs including Hackney, Newham and Barking were affected by the downpours, with videos showing a DLR train station covered in water.

The floods also impacted hospitals in the capital, forcing one to tell patients to stay away after a month’s worth of rain fell in three hours.

The wettest part of the country on Sunday was St James's Park in London, where 41.8mm of rain fell.

The average rainfall for July in London is 45mm, so almost a month's worth of rain fell in one 24-hour period.

The daily rainfall value of 41.8mm recorded at St James's park is that weather station's second-wettest July day on record.

A yellow thunderstorm warning is in place for parts of Kent and Sussex between 10am and 5pm on Monday while another yellow storm warning has been issued for much of the Midlands and northern England between 9am on Tuesday and 6am on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a yellow thunderstorm warning is in place for most of Scotland for 12 hours from noon on Tuesday, while yellow rain warnings also follow for all of Wednesday and the early hours of Thursday morning.

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